Lee Roy Caffey
|Date of birth:||June 3, 1941|
|Place of birth:||Rockdale, Texas|
|Date of death:||January 18, 1994(aged 52)|
|Place of death:||Houston, Texas|
|NFL Draft:||1963 / Round: 7 / Pick: 88|
Green Bay Packers
San Diego Chargers
Career highlights and awards
|Honors:||Texas A&M Hall Of Fame
Texas A&M All Decade Team
Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame
Green Bay Packer 75th Anniversary All Time Team
1965 World Championship
Super Bowl l
Super Bowl ll
Super Bowl VI
Texas High School All Super Bowl Team
ESPN Top 10 Best Linebacker Trio
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Caffey started his football career in Thorndale, Texas at the age of ten when he played in the 'Milk Bowl' Championship on a pee wee league and shook hands with American legend Jim Thorpe. He later played college football at Texas A&M University where he led the Aggies in rushing with 371 yards in 1961. He played on the 1963 College All Star Football Team and in the 1963 Challenge Bowl, he is a member of the Texas A&M Hall of Fame, and is a member of the Texas A&M All-Decade Team of the 1960s. He is the first Texas A&M Aggie to play in, and win, a Super Bowl and is considered to be one of Texas A&M's top 10 best players in the NFL.
Caffey was selected in the seventh round of the 1963 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. He was also an AFL fourth round draft choice for the Houston Oilers. he was named to the NFL All Rookie team.
Green Bay Packers
Caffey was acquired by the Green Bay Packers in the famous 'Jim Ringo' trade where he became a starting linebacker and would become an All-Pro Player. At 6' 4 with 10.0 speed in the 100 yards he was one of the fastest linebackers in the league. He played on three of Vince Lombardi's championship teams at Green Bay which include the 1965 World Championship, Super Bowl I where he led with 7 tackles, and Super Bowl II. He was named AP and UPI All Pro in 1966, played in the 1966 Pro Bowl, and played in the legendary 'Ice Bowl' in 1967. In 1970 he was traded to the Chicago Bears.
Caffey was acquired by the Dallas Cowboys in exchange for a seventh round draft choice. He played in the franchise's first Super Bowl championship team (Super Bowl VI) under Tom Landry where he earned his third career Super Bowl ring and fourth championship ring. He was released before the start of the 1972 season.
Caffey is considered one of the most underrated linebackers in the NFL due to the fact that he played beside Ray Nitschke in Green Bay, then beside Dick Butkus in Chicago. He is a member of the Green Bay Packer Hall of Fame and was selected to the 75th Anniversary All Time Packer Team, the Texas High School All Super Bowl Team, and was nominated for ESPN's All Time Super Bowl Team. In 2006, the Green Bay Packers' linebacking corps of Ray Nitschke, Dave Robinson, and Lee Roy Caffey was named one of the NFL's Top 10 Greatest Linebacking Trios in the history of the NFL.
Lee Roy Caffey died of colon cancer at MD Anderson Cancer Hospital in Houston, Texas in 1994.
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